Brazil (Federative Republic)

  • Brazil’s protesters sick of corruption

    It’s an odd spectacle. Traditionally, Brazilians take to the streets only during Carnival. Now they do it to protest. What has happened? It all started after the fares for public transportation were raised, but that was just an excuse. There was more to it. The profound truth is that much of society is tired of corruption, impunity, the intricate bureaucracy…

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  • Despite Assurances by Brazil’s President, Another Day of Demonstrations

    SÃO PAULO, Brazil — Another round of demonstrations unfolded in cities throughout Brazil on Saturday, after many in the country’s sweeping protest movement angrily dismissed an effort by President Dilma Rousseff to address their broad demands. The protests largely lacked the intensity of those in previous days, particularly Thursday, when more than a million Brazilians took to the streets to…

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  • Protests in Brazil

    GEORGETOWN, Guyana – There is not a lot in Brazil that is more important than football but on Wednesday, not even Brazil’s victory over Mexico in the Confederation Cup could divert attention from the wave of protests that have shaken the country this week. Indeed, the news that the authorities of Brazil’s largest cities, São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro,…

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  • Sweeping Protests in Brazil Pull In an Array of Grievances

    SÃO PAULO, Brazil — Just a few weeks ago, Mayara Vivian felt pretty good when a few hundred people showed up for a protest she helped organize to deride the government over a proposed bus fare increase. She had been trying to prod Brazilians into the streets since 2005, when she was only 15, and by now she thought she…

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  • Thousands Gather for Protests in Brazil’s Largest Cities

    SÃO PAULO, Brazil — Protesters showed up by the thousands in Brazil’s largest cities on Monday night in a remarkable display of strength for an agitation that had begun with small protests against bus-fare increases, then evolved into a broader movement by groups and individuals irate over a range of issues including the country’s high cost of living and lavish…

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  • Biden heads to Brazil after ‘brutal’ discussions in Caribbean

    U.S. Vice President Joe Biden left Trinidad and Tobago on Tuesday after what he and leaders of the mostly English-speaking 15-member Caribbean Community and the Dominican Republic called “frank” discussions on issues of mutual interests. “It was completely open, completely frank and completely straightforward — even where we disagreed,” Biden said before heading to Brazil, where he will spend three…

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  • Brazil offers better terms for infrastructure investors

    BRASILIA, (Reuters) – Brazil is sweetening terms for major infrastructure contracts to whet investor appetite and draw private capital and expertise needed to upgrade its deficient roads, railways and ports, the man in charge of planning the projects said on Tuesday. Bernardo Figueiredo said Brazil needs to double its current level of investment in infrastructure to at least 80 billion…

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  • A Brazilian WTO head: An opportunity to make trade work?

    ? KINGSTON, Jamaica – The World Trade Organisation (WTO) is now set to appoint a new director general. He is Roberto Carvalho de Azevêdo, Brazil's long-serving ambassador to the organisation. His appointment is good news for developing countries insofar as Carvalho de Azevêdo is from a leading developing country that has shown itself not to be averse to taking on…

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  • Brazilian takes helm of WTO

    Geneva, Switzerland – BRAZIL'S Roberto Azevedo will take the helm of the World Trade Organization, diplomats said yesterday, confirming the Latin American giant's new status as a global power. Azevedo, currently Brazil's ambassador to the 159-nation WTO, narrowly pipped the former Mexican trade chief and heavyweight negotiator Herminio Blanco in a final round, sources familiar with the closed-door contest said,…

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  • Former premier re-arrested in Brazil

    PROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos, CMC – A Brazilian court has ordered the re-arrest of former Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) premier Michael Misick. The spokesman for the Governor’s Office, Neil Smith said that the Brazilian Justice Minister issued his decision to refuse Misick's appeal against a decision not to grant him political asylum. The decision was published in the Brazilian…

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